Stauffer claims gold and silver to lead Cocalico at District Meet

By on May 20, 2015

 

Cocalico’s Emily Stauffer captured gold in the District Three Triple-A girls shot put last Friday with a winning throw of 43 feet, 7 inches at Shippensburg University. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Cocalico’s Emily Stauffer captured gold in the District Three Triple-A girls shot put last Friday with a winning throw of 43 feet, 7 inches at Shippensburg University. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Emily Stauffer has certainly had better days than the one she had Friday afternoon at the District Three Meet held at Shippensburg University.

But in the end, her best was still plenty good enough to capture her second career District title in the shot put.

Stauffer reached 43-feet, 7-inches on her second throw of the day and no one was able to match it as the junior captured the gold. She went on to add a silver in the discus on Saturday to lead the Lady Eagles to a solid eighth-place finish in the team standings. She, along with Stephanie Wahl, who finished fifth in the 100 hurdles, and freshman Jamie Zamrin, who took ninth in the 1600, all qualified for the State Meet, which will be held back at Shippensburg this Friday and Saturday.

As for Friday performance, Stauffer, who has reached 47-7 this year, was pleased to win the gold but was far from happy with the end results.

“I know I have more in me and it’s frustrating knowing I’m hitting positions OK,” she said following the win. “It’s just my finish at the end. I don’t put enough into it. I’m trying and it’s just frustrating that I can’t get that down. I know I have it. That (District) record, 45, should have been an easy throw for me. I should have had it. That’s what’s frustrating because I know I could have easily hit that.”

Still, Cocalico Coach Ron Derr recognized the accomplishment of Stauffer, even if it didn’t sink in right after the competition.

“District 3 is such a competitive district it is fantastic to have a district champion and runner-up,” Derr said of Stauffer. “ It is challenging to not ‘take for granted’ what Emily can do and completely be amazing that she is able to win a district championship without having her ‘A’ game going. It is also a challenge to go into events like the district championship with high expectations of winning knowing you are the one with the target on your back, and still being able to relax as much as possible and really perform. We are blessed to have Emily compete for Cocalico. It was very nice to see her come back on Saturday and have a personal best throw in the discus to earn the runner- up position. It will be very exciting to see what she will do at states in the upcoming weekend.”

Stauffer, the top seed in the shot put, was consistent Friday with all six throws landing between 42-10.25 and her winning throw of 43-7. She held a big lead until Kutztown’s Jocelyn Ruth uncorked a throw of 43-5.75 on her final heave to grab second place.

Stauffer now heads into States in a group of three that is expected to challenge for gold in the shot. That group includes Ruth and Courtney McCartney of Selinsgrove, but Stauffer knows she has to up her game if she wants to walk our of Ship with a State gold medal around her neck.

“I’m just going to work really, really hard this week and then hopefully come out a lot better at States,” she said, looking ahead. “The shot is coming off and it’s not coming as high as it needs to be. My technique itself isn’t that bad. It’s just the power isn’t there right now.”

“I need to hit a big one at the start at States because then they are chasing me,” she continued. “ I don’t want it to come down to me needing to hit a last throw, like the one (Ruth) did today. I need to come out strong.”

Saturday in the discus, Stauffer was on her game has she hit her PR of 122-6 to take the silver behind Ruth, who had a winning throw of 130-9.

Wahl earned a pair of medals this past weekend, even though she was forced to compete in both the 100 hurdles trials and semifinals and long jump at the same time.

After earning the seventh-place medal in the long jump with a leap of 16-8.50, she qualified for the hurdle finals on Saturday and turned in a time of 16.07 to capture the fifth place medal.

“It was a joy as a coach to see Stephanie earn her first ever district medals, and also achieve one of her main goals for this entire season of qualifying for the State Meet,” Derr said. “Steph got caught in a tough schedule on Friday with running the hurdle semifinals and also long jumping at very close times and you could see she was really battling some fatigue. She really needs to be commended for fighting through each earning the medals and then earning her trip back to Shippensburg again this coming weekend.”

Zamrin will also be making a return journey to Ship and her first trip to States after posting a time of 5:18.11 to place ninth in the 1600.

“Jamie had a tough race on Saturday, I could see by the expression on her face early in the race it was going to be a tough day,” Derr said. “In her own words she was struggling with fatigue and lack of energy and lost touch with the leaders early in the race. Despite that she really dug deep in the second half of the race to finish with her third best time of the season. We were thrilled to get a call from PIAA that she will be able to come back again this weekend to compete at the state meet. It is a fantastic opportunity for her as a freshman to gain valuable experience which cannot be simulated in any other manner.”

In addition to Stauffer, Wahl and Zamrin, three other Cocalico throwers also competed this weekend.,

In the girls AAA javelin, Cocalico’s Mackenzie Hainley and Jenna Lawville, who placed one and two at the L-L Meet last week, finished 10th and 12th respectively. Hainley uncorked a throw of 118-2 while Lawville’s best throw measured in at 114-4.

And in the boys’ AAA shot put, Cocalico junior Abdul Saad placed 10th overall with a throw of 48-5.75.

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